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8:56 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Delaware National Guard Unit Returns from Afghanistan

153rd Military Police, Delaware National Guard
153rd Military Police, Delaware National Guard
Credit 153 Military Police website

DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Delaware's 153rd Military Police Company of the National Guard has returned early from Afghanistan to the cheers of friends and family members.

The News Journal reports thousands of people gathered Saturday in Delaware City at the Gov. Bacon Parade Field for the early homecoming. A marching band played "God Bless America," and there were 127 homemade posters - one for each member of the unit.

Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined the homecoming event. She was also there when the troops left in January.

This was the third deployment for the military police company since 2001.

The unit was deployed to the western side of Kandahar working with the local Afghan Uniform Police. The unit was supposed to spend nine full months in Afghanistan.